Fakuma 2014: Our summary

An extremely satisfactory fair

The Fakuma 2014 was highly satisfactory for ARBURG. The machine-construction company from Lossburg was the only exhibitor to cover the entire spectrum from additive manufacturing to injection moulding, once again positioning itself as an industry trend setter.

Positive mood at Europe’s most important plastics trade fair
“Traditionally, the Fakuma show has always been an excellent platform for high-quality discussions, intensive exchanges of ideas and good business," summarised ARBURG's Managing Partner Michael Hehl. “With eleven exhibits on our own stand and a further eight on partner stands, we have shown numerous technical innovations, exciting processes and pioneering applications.” He added that the positive response and great mood in evidence at the show gave good reason to be optimistic for the year ahead.

Great interest in additive manufacturing
ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (AKF) using the freeformer attracted particular attention, with the Fakuma trade fair marking the sales launch in Germany. Based on the example of the production of a pair of office scissors, ARBURG offered a clear demonstration of the flexible customisation of plastic products in the context of Industry 4.0 by combining injection moulding and additive manufacturing.

Focus on production efficiency
Attention was focused on production efficiency with high-tech exhibits and superior applications. Advances since the K 2013 were on view alongside premieres, including a new micro-injection unit and the possibility of using the freeformer also to produce supporting structures. Further solutions that were met with a positive response included the innovative long-fibre direct injection moulding lightweight construction technique and Particle-foam Composite Injection Moulding, which illustrated the topic of Functional Integration.
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